Medical cannabis patients just got huge win as N.J. court says company must pay injured worker’s bills.
“The decision upheld an Appellate Division ruling from January 2020. That court said Vincent Hager’s former employer, M&K Construction, must foot the monthly bill for medical marijuana he uses to treat injuries he sustained on the job in 2001. As of early 2020, those costs were about $616 a month, according to court documents.
Private health insurers and government aid programs do not have to cover medical cannabis costs under the state law. But the court found the law does not exempt a private company in such workers’ compensation cases.
Hager, 28 at the time of the accident, sustained a herniated disc that caused back and leg pain when a truck dumped cement on him. He had multiple surgeries and took prescribed opioids, but ultimately became dependent on the painkillers, according to the court documents. A doctor diagnosed him with post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic pain as the result of spinal nerve injury and also noted he qualified for medical marijuana in 2016.”
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